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My New Rig (Now with PICS!)
12-13-2010, 03:29 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-19-2010, 05:37 AM by EmptyAy.)
#1
My New Rig (Now with PICS!)
Ok, finally got the green light to order the rest of my parts tomorrow, so I couldn't resist starting a thread. Here's the setup:

- Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
- ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Two HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
- G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
- LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
- ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 All-Around Thermal Compound
- KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
- RAZER Lachesis 5600 Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Mouse
- COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
- APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

One fan is to replace the one on the Cooler Master Hyper 212, and the other is for the side of the case, provided I have room to fit everything in there.

I actually have two pretty easy questions.

1. Do I need any extra parts or cables or anything to run the 6850's in Crossfire? The how-to I was looking at mentioned something about a bridge connector, and I don't want to be missing some $10 part that makes the whole thing useless.

2. With 6 case fans and the Hyper 212, I kinda feel like I should overclock, and my only real reason for not doing it is that I don't want to ruin my computer. What do you guys think? If there a "best" guide to overclocking out there?

Everything should be here Thursday (Friday at the latest!), so I'll take some group shots of everything before I start building, and I'll post progress pics and final product assuming I can get it to work Smile . Once more, and I can't say this enough, thanks to everyone in on these forums for giving me confidence and advice, even if I was just reading other people's topics, haha!
*My New Baby* CPU: Intel Core i5 2.8GHz Quad-Core Cooling: CM Hyper 212+ Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) Video Card: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire PSU: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W Modular Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - A-DATA 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal SSD Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Monitor: ASUS 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Mouse: RAZER Lachesis 5600
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12-13-2010, 04:52 PM,
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RE: My New Rig
#1 Will come with your cards (So should get 2 there) and maybe even your motherboard for 3 total. You'll have 2 extra.

#2 I would say see how you like your stock set up. It should do everything you would want for the most part. Once you get more comfortable, you can overclock and change back as you want. It isn't going to hurt as long as you know the basics. (As writen by someone with 0 overclocking experiance.)
AMD Phenom ii X6 1090T ($230)
Asus Crosshair IV Formula ($140)
G. Skill 4X4GB 1600mhz ($200)
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 ($250)
G. Skill 60GB SSD boot drive ($130)
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W ($100)
Cooler Master Storm Scout case ($40)
Asus DVD drive ($18)
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12-13-2010, 05:16 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-13-2010, 05:17 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: My New Rig
>One fan is to replace the one on the Cooler Master Hyper 212

Just add the cooler master fan on the other side of the Hyper 212+ for a push/pull configuration, replacing the stock fan with a worse fan would be silly.

>1. Do I need any extra parts or cables or anything to run the 6850's in Crossfire? The how-to I was looking at mentioned something about a bridge connector, and I don't want to be missing some $10 part that makes the whole thing useless.

Perrywinkle is correct. Your graphics cards and motherboard will come with a CrossFire bridge.

>2. With 6 case fans and the Hyper 212, I kinda feel like I should overclock, and my only real reason for not doing it is that I don't want to ruin my computer. What do you guys think? If there a "best" guide to overclocking out there?

I recommend you take a look at the Intel Overclocking Guide.

Good luck with the build!
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12-13-2010, 09:15 PM,
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RE: My New Rig
(12-13-2010, 05:16 PM)Andrew J Wrote: Just add the cooler master fan on the other side of the Hyper 212+ for a push/pull configuration, replacing the stock fan with a worse fan would be silly.

Actually, I just wanted one with blue LED's since every other fan will have them, but I suppose quality is somewhat more important than shinyness Tongue I see your point, I'll just use both!!

After reading Perrywinkle's post on SSDs for boot drives, I was actually thinking about tacking one of those onto the order as well. (btw...damn you people are your good ideas!)

I'd probably just be putting the OS and like, CoD: Black Ops on it, I was thinking of one of these:

Intel 40gb

or

OCZ 30gb

The OCZ seems to be a bit faster, and most of the one-egg reviews are about their crappy rebate program, and honestly I won't ever get around to mailing it in for $10, so that doesn't bother me.

The Intel one is a bit bigger, I'm not sure if Black Ops will even fit on the OCZ with the OS on it. Will I be writing to the SSD if all I'm using it for is Windows and one game? Because if read/write speed isn't an issue (or if the difference is actually a very small one) I think the Intel would be the better choice.

What do you guys think? Would you use either of these? Should I just spend the extra $10 for this one?
*My New Baby* CPU: Intel Core i5 2.8GHz Quad-Core Cooling: CM Hyper 212+ Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) Video Card: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire PSU: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W Modular Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - A-DATA 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal SSD Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Monitor: ASUS 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Mouse: RAZER Lachesis 5600
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12-13-2010, 11:11 PM,
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RE: My New Rig
(12-13-2010, 09:15 PM)EmptyAy Wrote: Actually, I just wanted one with blue LED's since every other fan will have them, but I suppose quality is somewhat more important than shinyness Tongue I see your point, I'll just use both!!

I did exactly what you are planning to do with the hyper 212+ (putting an led fan as the intake) and flipped the stock fan around as an exhaust, my temps only dropped about 1 degree but its a shame not to use the stock fan because it's quiet and moves a lot more air than most led fans.
Beast Mode Engaged! CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.62Ghz 1.25v Heatsink: CM Hyper 212+ Mobo: Asus Rampage III Formula Ram: 12GB Corsair XMS3 @ 1574Mhz GPU: 2x XFX Radeon HD 6870 in Crossfire PSU: Corsair TX950W Optical: Lite-On DVDrw HDD: 2x Samsung F3 500GB in Raid 0 Case: CM HAF 932 See it here!
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12-13-2010, 11:55 PM,
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RE: My New Rig
(12-13-2010, 11:11 PM)Hogrock Wrote:
(12-13-2010, 09:15 PM)EmptyAy Wrote: Actually, I just wanted one with blue LED's since every other fan will have them, but I suppose quality is somewhat more important than shinyness Tongue I see your point, I'll just use both!!

I did exactly what you are planning to do with the hyper 212+ (putting an led fan as the intake) and flipped the stock fan around as an exhaust, my temps only dropped about 1 degree but its a shame not to use the stock fan because it's quiet and moves a lot more air than most led fans.

Hmmmm...I guess I'll look at it when I get everything together, if I have enough room for the side case fan, it probably won't make too much of a difference to have the LED fan on the 212 (7 LED fans can't be that much brighter than 6 LED fans, right?) What about using the LED fan as the exhaust instead? Or will it just get in the way since it's moving less air than the stock fan?

*My New Baby* CPU: Intel Core i5 2.8GHz Quad-Core Cooling: CM Hyper 212+ Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) Video Card: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire PSU: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W Modular Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - A-DATA 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal SSD Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Monitor: ASUS 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Mouse: RAZER Lachesis 5600
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12-14-2010, 12:25 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-14-2010, 12:28 AM by Hogrock.)
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RE: My New Rig
(12-13-2010, 11:55 PM)EmptyAy Wrote:
(12-13-2010, 11:11 PM)Hogrock Wrote:
(12-13-2010, 09:15 PM)EmptyAy Wrote: Actually, I just wanted one with blue LED's since every other fan will have them, but I suppose quality is somewhat more important than shinyness Tongue I see your point, I'll just use both!!

I did exactly what you are planning to do with the hyper 212+ (putting an led fan as the intake) and flipped the stock fan around as an exhaust, my temps only dropped about 1 degree but its a shame not to use the stock fan because it's quiet and moves a lot more air than most led fans.

Hmmmm...I guess I'll look at it when I get everything together, if I have enough room for the side case fan, it probably won't make too much of a difference to have the LED fan on the 212 (7 LED fans can't be that much brighter than 6 LED fans, right?) What about using the LED fan as the exhaust instead? Or will it just get in the way since it's moving less air than the stock fan?

From what I saw when I was playing around with the configuration of the fans there wasn't much of a temperature difference between the stock and the coolermaster 120mm led fan I replaced it with. Running an i7 950 at stock clocks my hottest core was 39C with just the led fan. I think that's pretty reasonable. I used the stock fan as well because it makes no difference sound wise and my case has room for it.
Beast Mode Engaged! CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.62Ghz 1.25v Heatsink: CM Hyper 212+ Mobo: Asus Rampage III Formula Ram: 12GB Corsair XMS3 @ 1574Mhz GPU: 2x XFX Radeon HD 6870 in Crossfire PSU: Corsair TX950W Optical: Lite-On DVDrw HDD: 2x Samsung F3 500GB in Raid 0 Case: CM HAF 932 See it here!
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12-14-2010, 12:45 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-14-2010, 12:47 AM by EmptyAy.)
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RE: My New Rig
(12-14-2010, 12:25 AM)Hogrock Wrote:
(12-13-2010, 11:55 PM)EmptyAy Wrote:
(12-13-2010, 11:11 PM)Hogrock Wrote:
(12-13-2010, 09:15 PM)EmptyAy Wrote: Actually, I just wanted one with blue LED's since every other fan will have them, but I suppose quality is somewhat more important than shinyness Tongue I see your point, I'll just use both!!

I did exactly what you are planning to do with the hyper 212+ (putting an led fan as the intake) and flipped the stock fan around as an exhaust, my temps only dropped about 1 degree but its a shame not to use the stock fan because it's quiet and moves a lot more air than most led fans.

Hmmmm...I guess I'll look at it when I get everything together, if I have enough room for the side case fan, it probably won't make too much of a difference to have the LED fan on the 212 (7 LED fans can't be that much brighter than 6 LED fans, right?) What about using the LED fan as the exhaust instead? Or will it just get in the way since it's moving less air than the stock fan?

From what I saw when I was playing around with the configuration of the fans there wasn't much of a temperature difference between the stock and the coolermaster 120mm led fan I replaced it with. Running an i7 950 at stock clocks my hottest core was 39C with just the led fan. I think that's pretty reasonable. I used the stock fan as well because it makes no difference sound wise and my case has room for it.

Ah I see. Well I'll just throw both on, provided I have the room. I see what you're saying about keeping the stock fan on, if it's not making noise and it's helping (even by a degree), no reason not to.

Thanks for the insight!

Dammit, as soon as my check clears the bank, I can order my parts, but it's only 9:45! Can anyone make time go faster?
*My New Baby* CPU: Intel Core i5 2.8GHz Quad-Core Cooling: CM Hyper 212+ Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) Video Card: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire PSU: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W Modular Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - A-DATA 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal SSD Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Monitor: ASUS 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Mouse: RAZER Lachesis 5600
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12-14-2010, 06:02 AM,
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RE: My New Rig
Based on the article put up today, I went ahead and added the Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2K5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) to my cart. At worst, I'll just boot the OS from it, at best, it will hold the OS and probably CoD. Four hours until my money clears in the bank!
*My New Baby* CPU: Intel Core i5 2.8GHz Quad-Core Cooling: CM Hyper 212+ Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) Video Card: 2x HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire PSU: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W Modular Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - A-DATA 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal SSD Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Monitor: ASUS 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Mouse: RAZER Lachesis 5600
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12-14-2010, 10:55 AM,
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RE: My New Rig
Windows 7 installed and updated, and all drivers for my system. I have under 20GB used on mine, so you should have plenty of room to put games on there.
AMD Phenom ii X6 1090T ($230)
Asus Crosshair IV Formula ($140)
G. Skill 4X4GB 1600mhz ($200)
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 ($250)
G. Skill 60GB SSD boot drive ($130)
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W ($100)
Cooler Master Storm Scout case ($40)
Asus DVD drive ($18)
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